Kendal Holtrop, PhD

Kendal Holtrop, PhD
Holtrop, PhD
Assistant Professor
208 Sandels Building
(850) 644-3217
(850) 644-3439
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Dr. Holtrop joined the faculty at FSU in 2011, after receiving her PhD from Michigan State University in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage/Couple and Family Therapy. She is currently an assistant professor in the MFT Program here in the Department of Family and Child Sciences. Her scholarly interests center on parenting and parenting intervention research.

Dr. Holtrop is currently engaged in a program of research focused on adapting and disseminating evidence-based parenting interventions among underserved populations. She explains, “I am passionate about doing parenting intervention research in community-based settings because it gives me the opportunity to use my MFT training as both a researcher and clinician to make a difference in the lives of families. At the same time, it allows me to contribute to an important area of scholarship by empirically examining the effectiveness of evidence-based parenting interventions in diverse, real-world settings.”

Since coming to FSU, Dr. Holtrop has been collaborating with a local transitional housing program to offer evidence-based parenting groups to families experiencing homelessness. This work has involved conducting a needs assessment with homeless parents and agency staff, systematically adapting a parenting intervention to be relevant to families in transitional housing, and then pilot testing the adapted intervention. These efforts have yielded important data for informing research presentations, publications, and grants while providing hundreds of hours of parenting skills training to underserved, homeless families in the community.    

Research Interests:

  • The implementation, adaptation, and evaluation of psychosocial interventions for under-served populations in community settings. 
  • Evidence-based parenting interventions. 
  • Parenting.